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Thursday, July 12, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the BBC: Campaigning starts in Japan polls.

The polling takes place on the 29th of July, with half of the seats (121 out of 242) up for election.

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Thursday, July 5, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via Reuters: Ozzy Osbourne to help Taiwan in U.N. membership quest.

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Sunday, July 1, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via Reuters: U.S. senator wants “czar” to ensure import safety - Yahoo! News

A leading critic of China in the U.S. Senate called on Sunday for creation of a new American “import czar,” saying the current maze of federal oversight has failed to protect consumers against harmful Chinese imports.

Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat who is also helping to spearhead a legislative drive to press China on currency reforms, called for a new oversight post within the Commerce Department to oversee all matters pertaining to the safety of imported goods.

What is it with Washington and Czars? We have Drugs Czar, a War Czar and now Schumer wants a Chinese Import Czar?

And anyway, what’s the guy going to do, taste all the food and test all the products from China and then we’ll watch him to see if he gets sick?

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Thursday, June 28, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the AP: US: Chinese seafood detained for safety

Imports of five species of farmed Chinese seafood will be detained until they can be shown free of potentially dangerous antibiotics, federal health officials said Thursday.

The Food and Drug Administration said it would detain the catfish, basa, shrimp, dace and eel after repeated testing has turned up contamination with drugs unapproved in the United States for use in farmed seafood.

This is just the latest in a string of stories calling into question to safety of products from China. I continue to think that China is running the risk of setting back their economic expansion considerably if their products acquire a reputation for lack of safety.

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